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“Spectacle from the outside at a distance”
Review of Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja
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US$68.90*
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Reykjavik City Walking Tour
Ranked #1 of 187 things to do in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 4 April 2018

The cathedral is a landmark in Reykjavik. Visitors expecting that this cathedral will compare to any of the classic Catholic cathedrals in Europe will be disappointed. Icelanders are overwhelmingly Lutheran and the inside of this edifice reflects that -- it is the most plain cathedral I have ever visited. There is no stained glass or color at all. Just white on white. The building looks spectacular from a distance, but up close it also is very plain -- looks like stucco. The only spectacular thing about the cathedral aside from perhaps is height is the impressive pipe organ on the inside. I would love to hear it, but it's nice just to look at. A visit of five minutes here was fine for me & glad that I went.

Thank WayneRSam
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

The architecture of this church pulls you in. Inside the architectural wonder continues minus stained glasses.

Thank Greacia H
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Fantastic architecture. Opportunity for view from tower and religious services with amazing organ music.

Thank Clover88Live
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Modern and simple design with incredible pipe organs. The volume of the house complements the sound of the unique instrument.

Thank Art S
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Conceived in the ‘30s, building started in the ‘40s and completed in the ‘80s this is a very modern and iconic building. The exterior is more interesting than the interior. You can pay to get a lift to the top
and the view is fantastic but it’s very cold up there and there is usually quite a queue. Entry is free if your not going up the tower.

Thank Kath M
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